Sound and Vibration Instrument Hire and Calibration
Bruel & Kjaer 2250 + BZ 7227 Reverberation Time Software
The B&K 2250 multi-function meter is designed for all sound and vibration measurements, analysis and recording applications. This page describes the BZ 7227 Reverberation Time Software option
For information on other features, options and accessories click any relevant blue link
B&K 2250 : Specifications
BZ 5503 : PC Utility Software
BZ 7222 : Sound Analysis
BZ 7223 : Frequency Analysis
BZ 7224 : Logging
BZ 7225 : Enhanced Logging : new 2017
BZ 7226 : Sound/Vibration Recording
other options available
BZ 7227 : Reverberation Time
BZ 7228 : Sound Insulation
BZ 7230 : FFT Measurement
BZ 7231 : Tone Assessment
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|Bruel & Kjaer 2250 + BZ 7227 Reverberation Time Option||£ 32 a day *|
On this page we describe the main features of the Reverberation Time option for simple and quick measurements of the RT spectrum and average Reverberation Time(s) of a room. See also our Building Acoustics section.
Measurements comply with the relevant parts of BS EN ISO 140, BS EN ISO 354, BS EN ISO 3382 and BS EN ISO 11654Uses
Reverberation Time (RT) is crucial for describing the acoustic quality of a room or space. It is the most important parameter for describing sound levels, speech intelligibility and the perception of music and is used to correct or normalize building acoustics and Sound Power measurements.
RT is the time for a 60 dB drop in the sound level after the excitation stops. This decay is usually measured over the first 10, 20 or 30 dB and then extrapolated to the full 60 dB range, see the diagram to the right.
RT may be labelled EDT, T20 and T30 respectively for those three evaluation ranges. EDT is used in room acoustics only, while T20 and T30 may be used in all applications. RT is measured in 1/1- or 1/3-octave frequency bands, some of which may be averaged to provide a single-number result for the most significant bands.
RT may range from 0.1 seconds (or less) in anechoic chambers, to 10 or more seconds in large public spaces.
RT varies between positions in a room, so it is usually measured at several positions. The average for all positions gives an overall assessment, and the position results may be used to indicate the acoustic quality as a function of location.
RT can be measured using either Impulsive Excitation (Schroeder Method), such as from a pistol or balloon burst or by using Interrupted Noise, with the built-in noise generator.
Impulse Excitation Method - all you need, for this method, is a 2250, a tripod and a balloon (or other impulsive source, such as a starting pistol). After you pop the balloon, the 2250 will start measuring, analyse the decay and present the RT as well as the decay curves for all frequency bands. It will also display the average RT for the bands you select. The single input range means that trial measurements are not necessary when using the impulsive excitation method.
Interrupted Noise Method - When using a power amplifier and loudspeaker sound source the 2250 with BZ 7227 software will turn it's noise generator on and off, then measure and display the RT spectrum and decays.
The measurement can be in octaves or 1/3-octaves in parallel over a selectable frequency range, allowing you to focus sound power on the relevant range. In each frequency band, the decay is sampled 200 times each second, for reverberation times as long as 20 seconds.
See also other Reverberation Time Meters* Our standard hire charges are based on a 4-day minimum period, details other options.